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How the Trump admin wants to enable states to import lower-cost drugs from Canada

December 19, 2019

HHS on Wednesday issued a notice of proposed rulemaking and draft guidance that together would allow states and drugmakers to import lower-cost versions of prescription drugs from other countries—though the proposals exclude certain high-cost and specialty drugs, such as biologics and insulin, that have been major concerns in discussions about U.S. drug pricing.

Congress just unveiled an FY 2020 funding deal to avoid a government shutdown

December 17, 2019

Congressional negotiators on Monday released a nearly $1.4 trillion spending agreement that would fund the federal government, including health agencies, through the end of fiscal year 2020 and includes several health care provisions—such as measures to permanently repeal three Affordable Care Act taxes, delay cuts to Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital payments, raise the minimum tobacco purchasing age, and more.

The 21 best places to work in health care, according to Glassdoor

December 16, 2019

Glassdoor on Wednesday released its annual Employees' Choice Awards for the Best Places to Work in 2020, and 21 health care and health care-adjacent organizations were recognized.

House approves Pelosi's Rx pricing bill, rejects GOP alternative

December 13, 2019

The House on Thursday voted 230-291 to pass House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) bill intended to lower prescription drug prices in the United States, and voted 201-223 to reject a bill introduced by House Republicans that was intended to serve as an alternative to Pelosi's measure.

Lawmakers could be headed for a showdown on Rx drug prices

December 10, 2019

Leaders on the Senate Finance Committee on Friday unveiled a new, bipartisan bill intended to lower prescription drug prices, and House Republicans on Monday announced a similar bill—both of which clash with a separate proposal introduced earlier this year by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

The 30 health care stars under 30, according to Forbes

December 6, 2019

Forbes this week released its annual "30 Under 30 in Healthcare" list, which includes biological researchers, entrepreneurs, physicians, and PhD students under 30 years of age who are "tackling health care issues at every scale."

Do we have to age and die? Here's what science says.

December 2, 2019

Early research supports the theory that humans age as a result of primeval genetic mechanisms intended to regulate and repair our aging cells, but there might be ways to "turn off" these mechanisms to slow or even reverse aging, according to David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and Matthew LaPlante, an associate professor of journalism at Utah State University.

Trump's FDA nominee faces questions on drug prices, e-cigarettes, and more

November 21, 2019

Stephen Hahn, President Trump's nominee for FDA commissioner, on Wednesday faced questions from lawmakers on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee regarding drug shortages and prices, e-cigarette use, and more.

CRISPR is effectively treating blood diseases, new data shows

November 21, 2019

Two patients with different blood diseases who were treated with CRISPR in the summer are showing significant improvements, according to new data released Tuesday.

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